Each week I share three things I like – It could be a book, a movie, a podcast, an album, a photo, an article, a restaurant, a food item, a beverage, or anything else I simply enjoy and think you might too. You can find a whole pile of things, especially books, I like and recommend HERE.
I am not the most Christmasy person. In fact I have been called a “Scrooge” by some and a “Grinch” by others. (The former may be fair at times, but the latter is patently false – I am neither trying to steal Christmas from any cheery folks nor is my heart puny and cold.) However, I do enjoy me some Christmas tunes for a couple weeks leading up to the actual holiday, and Harry For The Holidays is among my favorites. Harry Connick Jr. is what Michael Buble aspires to be but won’t ever achieve. He is a masterful jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and vocalist and he can mix in some blues and gispel for good measure. This album is a delight.
2. Caramel M&Ms
Chocolate is evidence that God loves and Chocolate with caramel is proof. This year, after a series of pretty terrible efforts (Pretzel M&Ms, really? That’s just disgusting.) Nestle hit a home run with Caramel M&Ms. As far as I’m concerned the world cannot have enough varieties of gooey caramel with delicious milk chocolate, so a version with a thin candy shell gets an A+ from me.
3. Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger
This is the best sports book I have ever read, and as a former high school football player I resonated with the players in this book. But what made the book great was the depiction of how football was life in west Texas. It was the driving force, the great hope, the lasting memory for so many characters. It fed the town and devoured it. The characters in this book, all real people, are memorable and seminal. They have whole-life stories of pain and power and pursuit. In all, the tapestry Bissinger weaves in this book is unmatched in realness, both wonderful and terrible.